FJ/mini Hybrid axle question.

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Getting ready to build another Hybrid rear axle and would like to build it 58 inches wide instead of the normal 55 inches. I need to know if I can use the drive axles and brakes from an '86+ IFS rear axle with the '85 straight axle rear outer tubes or do I need to use the outer end of the '86+ axle tubes? The '86+ is fatter so it won't fit inside the FJ tubes. I don't have an '86+ housing to look at.

Has anyone done this?

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You'll need the bearing flanges from the 85-older but IIRC they work with the 86-newer axle sizes....

I considered doing this too, but if you need to replace an axle, you add work since you'll need to move your flanges from the busted axle to the replacement....
 

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The botl pattern is the same for the two but you have to make sure that the new axles do not have the provision for ABS.
 
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Do you think it would be possible to use the '86+ flanges and all so that an '86 axle would bolt in with no mods on the trail? I have a lathe and can do some machining if neccesary. Are the '86 brakes better than '85-? I'm trying to build the best all Toyota axle I can, to run centered rear diff, that will match the FJ60 front axle. I have been running wheelspacers but would like to eliminate the need for them.

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Jason - you snuck that in while I was typing

Does that mean I can just set up the housing at the right wdth and the '86+ parts will bolt on? That would be perfect. I'm assuming the '86+ brakes might be an upgrade?
 

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I would suspect so, the bearings and the bearing retainer (inner seal surface) are the same..

But, I have not done it yet..
 

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